Florence + the Machine debut The Odyssey Chapters 4 & 5: “Queen of Peace” and “Long & Lost” today via NPR Music First Watch.
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This ten-minute film, which begins with “Queen of Peace” and flows into “Long & Lost,” tells the next chapters in Florence’s Odyssey begun with How Big How Blue How Beautiful. Shot on and around the Scottish isle of Easdale, this next installment film was made with frequent collaborator Vincent Haycock. Haycock has also directed the other films inspired by the songs on this most recent release including “How Big How Blue How Beautiful,” “What Kind of Man,” “St Jude” and “Ship to Wreck.”
Watch the film here.
“We filmed ‘Queen of Peace’ and ‘Long & Lost’ in Scotland, one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to or filmed,” Haycock says of the video. “The coast of Scotland is breathtaking, beautiful and harsh, an aesthetic mix that both Florence and I have been very interested in during the making of these videos. The Scottish people are amazing and especially the town of Easdale, the small island that we lived on and filmed. We shot in the winter and it was cold, brutal and endlessly inspiring, which I think really helped the story of Florence’s struggle with her family, the younger innocence vs. the feuding violence of the men around her, etc. The end of the video was done in a single take, at the very last seconds of light during a stormy barge ride on a freezing sea. The effort and focus on both the actors and crew was so amazing, Florence delivers one of my favorite moments to date and it’s one of my proudest technical and narrative accomplishments.”
Florence recently headlined Glastonbury’s main stage, playing a massive set of which The Guardian said, “Florence Welch doesn’t so much seize the opportunity as grab it by the throat and wrestle it to the ground,” and the Telegraph praised, “It takes an extraordinary artist to make more sense headlining a huge magical old festival than all the clubs, theatres and arenas that brought her here. This was surely her superstar moment, the point where Florence Welch stops being British pop’s lady in waiting and takes her place with the big boys and girls…This was pop music of the highest order”
How Big How Blue How Beautiful debuted at #1 this June, marking Florence’s first U.S. #1 seven years to the day from the release of their debut single and selling 137,000 albums in its first week. With three albums in seven years to their name, Florence continues to reach new heights—How Big How Blue How Beautiful reached #1 in the U.K., her third #1 album in the country, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland and Canada after reaching the top spot on iTunes charts in 24 countries worldwide last week.
Florence will headline Austin City Limits and play select U.S. dates this fall, with stops including two nights at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, a further two nights at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre and an appearance at Seattle’s Key Arena. Tickets are on sale now.
The dates will follow Florence and her band’s worldwide summer tour, headlining many festivals including Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Austin City Limits and Splendour in the Grass with their own headline dates including Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
The new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful is a collection of songs, written and recorded over the course of 2014. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Kid Harpoon, Paul Epworth, John Hill and James Ford, the album follows Florence’s globally acclaimed Lungs (2009) and Ceremonials (2011). Download the album HERE.
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October 13 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
October 14 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
October 16-17 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
October 20 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
October 21-22 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
October 24 Portland, OR Portland Memorial Coliseum
October 25 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
October 27 Seattle, WA Key Arena